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Week 3: Starts & Sits
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Report: Angels, Josh Hamilton in talks to resolve dispute
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:43 pm ET) The Angels and embattled slugger Josh Hamilton are in talks to resolve their dispute. A number of scenarios are being explored, including a trade or a buyout, although no agreement is close at this time, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The report comes a day after CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman mentioned the possibility of a buyout for Hamilton.

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, Hamilton admitted to Major League Baseball that he relapsed. Hamilton has battled drug and alcohol addiction for the majority of his professional career.

Hamilton, who signed a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels back in 2012, is not comfortable with the Los Angeles/Orange County lifestyle, Heyman added. The Angeles currently owe him $83 million. At this point, there appears to be no rush to get a deal done since yearly salaries become guaranteed on Opening Day. There is also language in Hamilton's contract protecting the Angels should Hamilton not be in playing shape following his relapse. For now, Hamilton remains on the 15-day disabled list recovering from shoulder surgery.


Braves' Jim Johnson hit hard in Friday set-up appearance
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:43 pm ET) Braves reliever Jim Johnson has gone back to a set-up role after earning his first save of the season on April 11. His last two appearances have been in the eighth inning. 

On Friday, he gave up his first runs of the season, allowing two runs on three hits, including a solo home run by Russell Martin.


Pete Kozma replace Kolten Wong in Cardinals' Saturday lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:36 pm ET) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth.


Brock Holt gets start for Mookie Betts in Red Sox's Saturday lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:29 pm ET) Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts was not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles. 

Brock Holt replaced Betts in center and will lead off for Boston. Holt has appeared in five games and is hitting .533 in 15 at bats. 


Cardinals' Matt Carpenter feels like an MVP again
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:38 am ET) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is off to a fast start, and he thinks he's back to his MVP form of two years ago.

"I feel as close to if not better than I felt in 2013," Carpenter said, per MLB.com. "Everything is kind of clicking right now." 

Carpenter is hitting .378 with a home run, six doubles and seven RBI. His OPS is 1.061. 


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia faces hitters, still six weeks away
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia faced live hitters on Friday for the first time since March 24. Garcia, who has battled shoulder inflammation, pitched batting practice. 

Garcia said he "felt good" after the session, per MLB.com, but GM John Mozeliak said he's likely six weeks away from rejoining the team. Mozeliak compared the session to one a pitcher would throw in the second week of spring training. 

Mozeliak said the Cardinals are still looking at Garcia as a starter, once he returns to the team.


Derek Norris out of Padres lineup on Saturday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:24 am ET) Padres catcher Derek Norris is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game at the Cubs. 

Norris is replaced in the lineup by Wil Nieves, who will catch and bat eighth in his second game of the 2015 season. 


Trevor Plouffe gets the afternoon off after Friday's walkoff HR
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) The Twins gave Trevor Plouffe the afternoon off after his heroic performance the previous night, per MLB.com. Plouffe belted a walkoff home run in the 11th inning to take down the Indians, 3-2. Utility man Eduardo Nunez will get the start and hit eighth for Minnesota against Danny Salazar.

Friday's home run was Plouffe's fifth hit of the season. He is hitting .143/.231/.343 with two homers and two RBI over 39 plate appearances.


Pete Kozma starts for Kolten Wong in Cardinals' lineup on Saturday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:19 am ET) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds. 

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth. 


Giancarlo Stanton questions Marlins' heart
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is frustrated with the team's slow start to the season. The Marlins have won three of 11 games to start the season. 

"We're not giving ourselves a chance, it feels like," Stanton said, per the Miami Herald.  "We've got a positive vibe, but it is just not there. The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to leave it. But you're out there, and it's game time, it's just nothing there -- it seems like."

"The game is nine innings," Stanton continued. "It's not two, three. ... We're not playing nine. There is no campfire to sit around and reminisce on things. We've got to play every night. We've got to go. The work is there. The process, we need to pick up. ... We've got to get it done. There is no, 'Hey, this is going to make us click now. This is going to do it for us now.' We've got to go. There is no time for that."


 
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